5 Reasons Why Bernie Kosar Should Be Calling The Plays


Some people might think i am crazy for even considering this, or they think i was out all night with Bernie drinking “All the damn vodka”. But here are my 5 reasons as to why the old gun slinger should be calling the plays in 2014.

1.  Johnny Manziel would benefit greatly!

If you sit and listen to Bernie slur and stumble over his words during the preseason and are able to make out the garble that he is talking, the man knows how to play the QB position. With a young rookie QB pegged to start his tenure in the land of the dying quarterback, Bernie would keep Manziel”s head out of the clouds and his eyes down the field in the face of a Steelers pass rush. The Browns need someone to help Johnny out when it comes to reading a defense, going through his progressions, and most of all winning!

2. Familiar with his surroundings

Since the 80’s Bernie has dealt with the wind, the snow, and the cold that blow in off the shores of Lake Erie. He knows the way an offense has to operate in Cleveland and has won, and won a lot in his years in Cleveland. The Browns for years have hired and fired this coach and that coach and haven’t so much as even opened up the back door to take a look at the tall, lanky curly haired, possibly a little intoxicated man in the back yard that goes by the name of Bernie.

3. Hungry for a winner

Bernie has been in Cleveland for years and is a true fan of the Browns. He bleeds orange and brown and just like the fans, is hungry for a winner like yesterday. He has sat back and watched the past regimes botch draft after draft, fall head over heals with a coach who doesn’t know his ass from the endzone, and the front office and owners hire the likes of Michael “By no means related to Vince” Lombardi. Bernie would not let this team quit in the 4th or hang their head when they are down by 7 with two minutes left in the 4th.

4. A great eye for talent

During the preseason he gets to watch all of these backups and nobody go out and try and impress the coaching staff playing against a bunch of other nobody’s. But to Kosar they aren’t a bunch of nobody’s they are a bunch of guys who are going out and busting their asses and showing they are somebody’s. Well unless you are the St.Louis Rams or the parents of their players. He knows a winner when he sees one and would take a little nobody guy from some hole in the wall school and push him to get every ounce of talent out of him as he could.

5. Last but not least…….The fans love Bernie!

The fans remember the days of Bernie going out and side arming passes in the face of a rush, the long bombs down the field, and all the W’s he put up for the brown and orange. No matter if he seems a little slow or maybe has a hint of vodka on his breath, the fans still know that he is the last glimmer of once knowing what winning was. They still line up to get a picture with Bernie whenever they have a chance, they still cheer him on in the city and know that he will always be a Cleveland Brown for life. Most of all he relates to the fans, he knows how much we have all been through, all the heartache, the betrayal, the lies of the team being built into a “Winner”, he knows that Cleveland wants and deserves so much better, to be relevant and a powerhouse in the league again. To play games in December and January that have meaning behind them and the sound of the crowd roaring on a frigid windy day on the shores of Lake Erie, that’s what we all want as browns fans right?

That’s my opinion as to why Bernie should be the new OC for the Cleveland Browns in 2014…..

Hey a guy can dream right?

Cory Napolitano

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Ranking The Senior Bowl Prospects That Should Wear Brown and Orange in 2014


So this is a 8 player list of the players from the 2014 Senior Bowl that stood out to me that Cleveland should consider with the picks they have in this years upcoming draft. Feel free to tell me your thoughts on the list hope you enjoy.

8.  Chris Borland ILB Wisconsin

Borland reminds me so much of Kiko Alonzo from Buffalo. The guy is relentless and doesn’t stop until the whistle blows; and even then he is still trying to remind you that you just got lit up. He is a smaller guy and lacks the big time speed, but he is sideline to sideline on every play and is a really solid replacement for Craig Robertson who got burnt in coverage all season long. He is an under the radar guy who didn’t get a lot of exposure due to all the other big names in the Big 10 this season.

7.  Dee Ford DE Auburn

Dee Ford proved a lot of people wrong that he was too small to play the position by winning MVP honors in the Senior Bowl. He has a quick burst off the edge and gave Zack Martin a workout the entire game. He is a Dwight Freeney type in his style of play with his quickness, burst and size. He will most likely go earlier and may have even worked himself into the late first early, or second round, but if he falls because scouts are still weary of his size he would be a steal as a developmental player later down the road.

6.  Keith McGill CB Utah

McGill could go pretty high after his showing in the Senior Bowl because the long tall corners are the new talk of the NFL secondaries. Look at what the Seahawks have done with the “Legion of BOOM”. Cleveland needs help across from Joe Haden, there is no way around that, and they have to draft a corner at some point. Buster Skrine, for his size and as young as he is, held his own for the most part across from Haden. The thing is, Skrine works better in the slot where he isn’t on a 6 foot something WR. McGill showed he has good hands and can ball out when called upon. I know it could be a stretch here, but if he is on the board in the later rounds Cleveland should really give him a look.

5.  Charles Sims RB West Virginia

Sims is a small guy, but he has no problem busting a DL in the mouth and letting you know he means business. He only had one year at West Virginia and he made it count. Rushing for over 1.000 yards and 11 touchdowns, he isn’t a guy that seems to be high on anyone’s draft boards, but he is a great sleeper in the later rounds and could become a solid starter at the next level. Sims has the kind of build of a Michael Turner; in that short bowling ball kind of runner, and he should still be on the board in the very late rounds depending on his combine showing.

4.  Josh Huff WR Oregon

Huff reminds me of a more polished Tavon Austin in his height and speed. From what I witnessed during the week of the Senior Bowl practices, the guy can flat-out go get the ball, which is something Cleveland doesn’t have in the slot. No Devon Bess, I didn’t say “pot” I said “slot” sorry if I got you excited. If you still don”t understand I guess you could probably go ask Brandon Weeden. But back to Huff he runs clean routes and has strong hands when it comes to going after the ball, and he moves the chains. With a fully loaded draft at the WR position it is likely that he falls to at least the 4th maybe even 5th round.

3.  Jimmy Garopollo QB Eastern Illinois

Some people may not see him as a polished QB, or even one that should be drafted before the 4th or 5th round. But this guy is an absolute steal if we could get him in the 3rd round and give him a few years to develop behind Brian Hoyer. I know I have Carr as number one on this list but its Cleveland, and can you really have too many QB’s on a team that has searched for “The One” since Bernie Kosar got shipped out-of-town. To answer your question, no. No, we truly can’t have enough. The way I see it, I would rather have three capable, winning QB’s on the roster than a thirty something rookie and a 32-year-old washed up journeyman.

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2.  Zack Martin OT Notre Dame

This is the kind of smash you in the mouth “bloody your nose” lineman that coach Pettine needs to draft and move inside next to All-Pro LT Joe Thomas. He is a versatile lineman who can be plugged in on almost any spot on the offensive line. The Senior Bowl is a great place for him to show off how good he is and the toughness that he has in the trenches. Martin is quickly soaring up draft boards and could be a steal late in the first round or possible even the beginning of the second, and would fill a void on the line for the next decade in Cleveland.

1.  Derek Carr QB Fresno State

I know. The last name just screams bust right? Well my friends, this is not David Carr, this is the little brother with the strong-arm, the great field vision, and the arm to throw in December on the shores of Lake Erie. Sure he comes from a smaller school that doesn’t get the exposure that “Johnny Football” gets but the guy does one thing right and that all Cleveland fans want…..WIN!

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Why Brian Hoyer Should Be The Browns Starting QB Heading In To Camp Next Season


Many believe that the Browns will head in to next season with an open QB competition between Brian Hoyer, Jason Campbell, and whichever QB(s?) that they draft in this upcoming draft.  Many, myself among them, expect the Browns to release Brandon Weeden shortly after the season ends, and either put Alex Tanney on the practice squad or release him directly as well.  So, that leaves Hoyer and Campbell as the incumbents to duel it out, and you’re kidding yourself if you don’t think a Top 10 draft pick at QB isn’t going to have a real shot at starting immediately, regardless of what we all may want.
Now, that being said, I’ve been a vocal supporter of Jason Campbell’s from the second the Browns signed him.  I felt he should be given the starting job over Weeden immediately.  Though he’s had some bad breaks in his career, Jason Campbell has often been a very good quarterback on very bad teams, particularly with the Redskins, where he spent the majority of his career.  And, during his time with the Browns, he’s shown moments of great skill and dependability (vs the Chiefs and vs the Patriots both spring to mind).  Jason Campbell, despite what his critics may say, is a starting caliber quarterback, hands down.
That being said, I’m going to get on record early as saying that I think Hoyer should get the nod next year.  I just want to be clear that it’s not a snub to Campbell, my saying he should be the back up.  The difference in results is pretty clear.  The Browns were 3-0 in games Hoyer started, and are 1-9 in all other games with every other QB.  There is a reason for that that I think is deeper than the numbers indicate (Hoyer’s stat averages are similar to or behind Campbell in most categories).  Think back to those two full games Hoyer played, against Cincy and Minnesota.  The feeling of the entire team was different.  It was more urgent, more pressing, almost more desperate.  Not desperate in a bad way, desperate that in every series, offensive or defensive, the entire team felt like it was playing a two minute drill.  Whatever it was, the offense and defense both responded with vigor every time Hoyer was starting.  They played like there was something on the line.  While I like Jason Campbell a lot, his cool, calm demeanor seems to put the rest of the team too much at ease.  Hoyer was playing for his shot at a real opportunity to be a starter, he was playing against everyone who’s passed on him or cut him, and very much competing against the other QB’s on the roster as well as the other team on the field.  You could feel it, and the rest of the Browns clearly felt it.  The pushed.  They played with more intensity and more effort, and it translated in to wins.

A lot of Browns fans make the case for Tim Tebow by stating that he has some magical x-factor that translates to winning.  I would counter by arguing that we have that guy on our roster right now.  Brian Hoyer has something that, for whatever reason, urges the rest of the team to play well around him.  It could be his personal passion.  It could be the way he includes everyone in his offense.  To that point, while it has been a lot of fun to watch Josh Gordon explode these past 4 weeks, it hasn’t translated to wins.  When Hoyer was playing, everyone, including guys like Greg Little and Davone Bess, got involved in the offense.  They made plays.  Jordan Cameron made plays.  Travis Benjamin was making plays outside of returns.  Hoyer elevated them.

And, for whatever the reason, the defense played its best when Hoyer was running the offense.  Remember when he got hurt against the Bills?  I posted on our Facebook page to watch for the retaliation on E.J. Manuel.  I had a feeling that the defense was going to make a statement by putting Manuel in some serious pain.  A few series later, TJ Ward and Tashaun Gipson put him out of the game.  Not that I’m saying they were targeting, but rather, you could see them get angry and you just had to know they were going to start laying guys out.

So, basically, Hoyer gives the Browns the best shot to win, which is always how you should determine your starter.  Not because he’s some statistical giant, but because the Browns, for whatever reason, play better around him.  The offense, the defense, every series, they play like it matters when Hoyer is on the field or sidelines.  They trust him.  And, when it matters, they step up when he’s there.

Long live HoyerNation.

Brian Hoyer A Top 10 Quarterback So Far?


So, I was digging around in the numbers a little bit, and I found some interesting statistics on Browns QB Brian Hoyer.  In his two starts this season, Hoyer has put up 590 yards passing and 5 touchdowns.  Now, I was trying to get a fair guage of the Browns passing offense when compared to other teams in the league, and so decided to factor Brandon Weeden out and just go with what Hoyer has done.  So, if we take Brian Hoyers average over his two games and factor them out over the full four games played so far, the numbers actually are a little shocking.

 

First, lets look at the Top Ten QB’s in the NFL based on their passing yards through the first four weeks:

1.  Peyton Manning, DEN  – 1,470

2.  Drew Bress, NO          – 1,434

3.  Matt Ryan, ATL          – 1,330

4.  Matthew Stafford, DET- 1,262

5.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT- 1,231

6.  Robert Griffin III, WAS – 1.202

7.  Philip Rivers, SD         – 1,999

8.  Matt Schaub, HOU     –  1,193

9.  Eli Manning, NYG        – 1,148

10.  Sam Bradford, STL    – 1,093

29.  Brian Hoyer, CLE       – 590

 

Now, if we take the average Hoyer would have had over four games, it looks like this:

1.  Peyton Manning, DEN  – 1,470

2.  Drew Bress, NO          – 1,434

3.  Matt Ryan, ATL           – 1,330

4.  Matthew Stafford, DET – 1,262

5.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT- 1,231

6.  Robert Griffin III, WAS – 1.202

7.  Philip Rivers, SD         – 1,999

8.  Matt Schaub, HOU     –  1,193

9.  Brian Hoyer, CLE       –  1,180

10.  Eli Manning, NYG        – 1,148

 

 

As you can see, Hoyer easily jumps in to the Top 10.  But wait, there’s more.  Check out Hoyer’s current TD total vs the current Top 10:

 

1st.  Peyton Manning, DEN – 16

2nd.  Phillip Rivers, SD        – 11  

3rd.  Drew Brees, NO          – 10

4th-Tied.  Tony Romo          –  8

Matt Schaub

Aaron Rodgers

Jay Cutler

Matt Ryan

9th-Tied.  Tom Brady          – 7

Alex Smith

18th-Tied.  Brian Hoyer    – 5

 

Now, again, you take Hoyer’s average over his two games played and spread it over over the entire four game season thus far, and its a wow factor:

 

 

1st.  Peyton Manning – 16

2nd.  Phillip Rivers      – 11  

3rd-Tied.  Drew Brees  – 10

Brian Hoyer   

5th-Tied.  Tony Romo   –  8

Matt Schaub

Aaron Rodgers

Jay Cutler

Matt Ryan

10th-Tied.  Tom Brady     – 7

Alex Smith

 

Now, I don’t think I’m way off base with assuming Hoyer can average about 300 yards passing and 2.5 touchdowns per game.  There was plenty of opportunity in both the Miami and Baltimore games for a competent QB to lead drives on those defense, particularly the Ravens defense which is in shambles.  He may have struggled a bit more against Miami, but again his quick release would have kept him from taking all those sacks that Weeden took.  And from the numbers, you can see that Hoyer would very easily be a Top 10 NFL quarterback with his performance thus far.

Projected 2013 Cleveland Browns Starters & Mock Draft.


Pre Draft Projected Starting Roster (special teams not included):

QB – Brandon Weeden
RB – Trent Richardson*
WR1 – Josh Gordon*
WR2 – Greg Little*
WR3 – Travis Benjamin
LT – Joe Thomas*
LG – Jason Pinkston
C – Alex Mack*
RG – John Greco
TE- Jordan Cameron / Barnidge

RE – Desmond Bryant*
NT- Phil Taylor*
LE – Ahtyba Rubin*
SOL – Jaball Sheard
RIL – Chris Gocong
LIL- D’Qwell Jackson*
WOL- Paul Kruger*
LC – Joe Haden*
RC – Johnson Bademosi/Chris Owens
NC – Buster Skrine
SS – TJ Ward*
FS – Tashaun Gibson

*Absolute starters

There are a lot of questions out there right now pre-draft on who is starting for the Browns. Given dink and dunk Jason Campbell is the only “competition” for Brandon Weeden, Weeden is certainly the projected starter. We have uncertainty on the line, uncertainty at TE ,and I do not believe we have a starting FB on our roster. Our defense is full of uncertainty but I would consider it mostly concentrated around who will be starting opposite Joe Haden.

Our QB situation I think will be fine.  I know there is a lot of disgust for our 30 year old QB out there but when I think you look at the situation logically, you will see that we gave Brandon the worst offensive system for his skill set, an inexperienced inept play caller who kept him out of the shotgun.  Couple that with the most inexperienced offense in the NFL, and I believe he had the worse situation in the NFL.  I’m not mad he didn’t have more success in what was a recipe for failure. Now with Norv Turner and another year to get to be fluent with his WR corps I really do think he will be fine while we develop young talent.

Mock Draft:

1st round: Dee Milliner CB (Alabama)
– Possible trade down regaining our 2nd round pick and taking Chance Warmack.  I do not think after picking up Kruger/Bryant that Mingo or Jones are an option now and I think our Geno Smith interest is for show. Dee said in a radio interview that him and Joe would make a great “duo” and I agree.

3rd round : Tyler Bray QB (Tenn)
– My sleeper here is Landry Jones (probably alone on this one)

4th round : Tim Mcdonald FS (USC)
– Baccari Rambo if he is still on the board.

5th round : Garrett Gilkey OG (Chadron State)

– Great late round pick up barring Chance Warmack isn’t already a Brown.

6th Round :

Pick one : Tommy Bohanon FB (Wake Forest)

Pick two : Dustin Hopkins K (Florida State)

Let me know if you agree or disagree, and who you would draft!

One Pound Of Sadness: Beginning To Love Chud


I’ll be honest with you.  When the Browns whiffed on Chip Kelly, and made no clear effort to go after any other big name coaches on the market, I was pretty discouraged.  Then, when they hired a non-headline coach in Rob Chudzinski, I was ready to slam the door on the new ownership “regime”.  I mean, did these guys know the precarious situation they were walking in to?  A rabid fans base, arguably one of the most involved, certainly one of the most loyal, in the entire NFL.  A fan base who has experienced nothing but failure after failure, disappointment after disappointment, literally for longer than I have been alive (I’m racing up on 30).  And to this fan base, who they needed to win over, they throw some no-name head coach to, and hire the much maligned Mike Lombardi to be the GM.  How could this be the good start they desperately needed?  Did they realize how bad this looked?

Then, I started to pay attention a bit more to Coach Chud.  The things the man said, the things he does, and (probably most importantly to the oft nostalgic Browns fans) to the things he HAS done.  I won’t lie, I started this from a fairly critical, openly sarcastic position.  Coach Chud wasn’t getting a fair shake at this from me, but I’ll be honest in saying that he’s started to win me over. Why? Well, I took the name away. I made him simply “Coach X” in my head. Then I thought about what he brings to the table as the Browns Head Coach.

1. Passion.

There is no question that Coach Chud is the single most passionate head coach the Browns have had in my lifetime. He WANTS to be here. Cleveland, unbelievably, was his dream job. You are probably not going to find another Head Coach option where this is the case. Most guys would use Cleveland to show that they can get the job done in a more glamorous market. The Cleveland Browns head coaching position is not one that most coaches look at as a final, permanent spot. The hard truth is that this has been a disaster of a football franchise for more than 40 years (one-to-two year stretches of non-mediocrity don’t count, those were flukes imo). Who wants to be responsible for an extension of that disaster? The answer is, simply, Chud. Chud wanted this job, badly. He grew up, like the rest of us, as a Browns fan who desperately wanted his favorite team to be better than the mess that they were/are. And now he’s in a position to do something about it. Now as we know, passion alone is not enough…

2. Brains.

The guy has the brains to turn this thing around. He’s widely considered to be one of the most innovative, creative young minds in the NFL. Now, since Chud has never coached a national champion contender in college, or been a head coach in the NFL, he’s flown under most of the national medias radar. To get a real opinion of him, you need to ask the guys he’s coach under. The opinion you come up with is unanimous. Heaps of praise, tons of respect, and an almost glowing admiration from his former superiors. It’s not an accident that so many people share the same opinion of Coach Chud. He might be one of the best guys in the league at breaking down film (which he does borderline obsessively), which is big in my eyes. Coaches who obsess over film are the ones who get the real, objective story. Film doesn’t get emotional, it isn’t biased. Winning coaches are the ones who follow the film.

Outside of that, Chud did something that Chip Kelly has yet to do, which is successfully apply the spread offense to the NFL. Think about who the first QB to have great success running the spread. A hint, it was RGIII/Kaepernick/etc. It was Cam Newton, smashing rookie QB records in the system Chud built. That is no accident…

3. Past Success

Coach Chud has been successful at every level he’s coached thus far. Most notably as a TE coach/asst head coach in San Deigo, where he helped build Norv’s vaunted offense. In Cleveland in 2007, he took an objectively awful QB in Derek Anderson and built a system for him that made him a pro bowl QB. Additionally, its worth noting that it was statistically the Browns most successful offense in well over 30 years. Then, as I noted above, he was the one who brought the spread successfully to the NFL, building around Cam Newtons unique skill set. Now, its worth noting the immense versatility this shows. Cam Newton and Derek Anderson and Phillip Rivers are all about as different from one another as Quarterbacks can be. Yet, Chud was able to work out a system for each that played to their strengths, covered up their weaknesses, and allowed them to thrive.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there are still question marks. Can Chud’s systems be sustained over the long haul? He only got a year with DA, and Cam certainly had a little drop off in his second season. Can Chud adapt when NFL defenses start to figure out his systems? This is certainly a matter for concern, but after a neutral examination of the facts, I’m willing to get behind the kid from Toledo and give him a shot. Besides, what’s the worst that can happen, we can have a few more losing seasons?